According to "Fair Use," an article may be put on Course Reserve for one semester without obtaining copyright permission. For the same instructor to put the same article on Course Reserve for the same course in a subsequent semester, copyright clearance must be obtained.
In cases for which copyright clearance is necessary, you must request permission from the Copyright Clearance Center or the individual copyright holder. You must also pay any applicable copyright fees.
Ways to Apply for Copyright Permission:
1) Go to the Copyright Clearance Center direct link.
2) Apply directly to a work's publisher. Include the following information in your request: Title; Author; (Volume, Issue/Number), Date of copyright; ISBN/ISSN; Number of pages; Your name; Means by which you intend to reproduce said work; How material will be used; Number of copies you intend to make; Name of your academic institution; Name of course and course number; Semester and year.
Other Links for Copyright Information:
- U.S. Copyright Office. "How to Investigate the Copyright Status of a Work."
The U.S. Copyright Office site also includes information on "Orphan Works" and how to track down elusive copyright holders if you want to obtain copyright permission from them.
- Copyright and Fair Use. Stanford University Libraries.
- Baruch College. "Interactive Guide to Using Copyrighted Media in Your Courses"
A handy guide tailored to faculty. Required download: Macromedia Flash Player 7 or higher.
- University of Maryland. Copyright and Fair Use Online or in the Face-to-Face Classroom.
- Cornell University Law School. Legal Information Institute. US Code Collection.
"Limitations on Exclusive Rights: Fair Use."
A succinct explanation of Fair Use.